We have had Sophie four (4) months today, and while it seems like she has been with us for years so well as she settled in and made herself at home, on the other hand it seems just yesterday that we heard her cry from deep within the bush in the nature reserve next to the beach and plucked her to safety.
One reason for this is hardly a day goes by when we don’t walk past the bush where we found her, so we have a daily reminder (as if we could ever forget!). Seriously though this is one of the great things about giving a home to a local abandoned animal:
Moreno – we fed him for several weeks, by the bins at the end of the street, each morning when we went out for a run and it got the point he was more interested in cuddles than the food! Not a day goes by that I don’t pass the bins and think of those days and Moreno.
Saidi – Sands fed her and two of her litters on a street local to us for over a year, long before she got involved with the Germany Re-Homing Project. After re-homing several of her kittens Sands decided that she was bringing her in to live with us. Again we pass the spot that she lived on the streets most days and I can always ‘see’ her there.
Orla – no idea about her background as Sands brought her back from a local rescue. She was really ill, but we gave her a good couple of months with Moreno before she died.
Oscar – plucked from the marina here in Almerimar, I often find myself looking into the water thinking how fortunate he was that one of Sands friends was passing, and how smart he was to swim towards them!
Fleur – found abandoned in a friends garden the first we knew about it was when we got a call in the bar that we frequent most often here in Almerimar, so again a regular reminder.
Dusky – found on the beach one evening when we were walking he is another that I am reminded about frequently as I often cycle or run past the spot we found him.
Kapser – not a local cat at all, but he came to us via the same people who found Fleur so there is a (small) association!
Sophie – see above!!
Teo – spotted on the streets of Almerimar we found where he was sleeping (in a brick building by the side of the main road) and caught him the first morning we went to try. We drive past that brick building every time we leave or enter Almerimar so again a regular reminder.
Tigra – adopted from a rescue she is actually the only one that we planned! She came from 112 Carlota Galgo, and has been back there a few times to see Charlotte, and as I see Charlotte regularly there is a regular reminder.
So Almerimar is a little like an Adoption Board Game for us as we regularly pass the spots where we found them, and I feel very fortunate that being the case as I love taking time to reflect on how they came to join us!